Monthly Archives: January 2015

Book Review: Under Enemy Colors by Sean Thomas Russell

I gave this a good 30 pages or so before I stopped. It started out well on the ship but once it moved to land to take up the life of the main character, it slowed quite a bit. The first activites of the main chacter were interesting enough but then it settled into a parlor and his fascination with a particular woman. The dialog did me in. It was a gabby kind of dialog intended to reveal the backstories of the main character and what I assumed would be his love interest. It is in my mind a very weak way to introduce backstory. It also was overdone, went on too long, etc. So I stopped reading. I was looking forward to this work very much as it had been recommended to me and I am interested in nautical novels in this historic timeframe but it wasn’t written in a style that I could tolerate.
1 star.

#1 Top Tip for Authors Approaching Agents & Publishers

My #1 top tip for authors who are approaching agents and publishers is:
Present yourself as a professional author.
That means a one-page query letter (sometimes 1.5 pages but that’s unusual).
And, for nonfiction, a book proposal with sample chapters.
For fiction, authors should create a two-page (single-spaced) synopsis and a half-page or 1 page biography at a minimum. Also consider generating a two-page (single-spaced) marketing opportunities sheet. This should provide ideas that you have for marketing the book yourself, all things that can be done while the publisher markets to bookstores.

Job at Disney for Author

Walt Disney Resorts in Orlando is hiring an Executive Communications Intern. You will be responsible for various forms of written communication, maintaining and updating information related to executive speeches and appearances, and other forms of communication. Full details here.

New MBS Publisher

HarperCollins has launched HarperElixer, an imprint that will publish about 20 mind-body-spirit titles every year. Although the imprint will offer print and digital versions, it does have plans to produce digital-only titles in the future.
This is a great opportunity to break through with traditional publishers. Call Writer’s Resource for help with your book proposal, query letter, or to take your draft manuscript to the next level.

Book Review: Correcting the Landscape by Marjorie Kowalski Cole

I thought this book was better than many of the one- and two-star reader reviews note. It is about a man’s struggle to find himself, really, and to find his own heart. All of the other things that were used to market this book–the touches of native culture and lifeways, the environmental issues, and even the death of the woman–all feed back into this primary concern.
I feel this utilization of these various threads to enhance and expand the character and to both position him for a change and to push him to accept the change are the mark of a good writer. The prose in this book is slightly more than servicable…it doesn’t exactly sing but it does have its own voice, and that voice is enjoyable enough. I read this quickly and enjoyed it.
3 stars.
Want to read more fiction with Native American lifeways threaded through the narrative? Check out the free release of Break the Bow by Laine Cunningham on Wattpad.

Jobs at Literary Publisher for Authors

Anaphora Literary Press is seeking three interns. One will write a book review every week plus possibly get some editorial credits; the second is a design intern for artwork; the third is a marketing intern.
None of the positions pay but they could be a good entry point into publishing for authors who want to make connections.
Full listing here.
Contact Anna Faktorovich,Director
E-mail: director@anaphoraliterary.com